Screen Shot 2015-08-18 at 09.07.12The region’s largest bus company, Go North East, is looking for new bus drivers to help operate a fleet of over 650 buses.

The firm is giving people the opportunity to speak with other bus drivers and a chance to find out what it’s like to work for Go North East at an event in Gateshead. Those attending can even test-drive a bus.

The event, which is at the Metro Centre Coach Park on Sunday 23 August between 9am and 2pm, hopes to attract hundreds of people who are looking for a new career.

No professional driving experience is needed, only a passion for customer service and a clean driving licence that’s been held for at least 12 months. The company also provides free training to gain a Passenger Carrying Vehicle (PCV) licence.

Edwina Little, from Prudhoe, attended a similar recruitment event at the Stadium of Light recently because a friend of hers, who works for Go North East, recommended the job, and she’s now a bus driver too.

Edwina said: “It’s a really good job. There’s regular hours, a pension, the training’s good and you know what you’re doing in advance.

“My colleagues are very supportive; it’s a good team atmosphere. There’s not a day goes by when they’re not checking to see if I’m okay. If there’s anything you’re not sure about, all you have to do is ask.”

She’s been a Go North East driver for around 2 months and says she has no regrets.

Ben Stoves, a former supermarket worker from Chester-le-Street, attended Go North East’s recruitment event at the Metro Centre in May. He said becoming a bus driver was the best move he’s ever made.

Ben said: “It was a bit daunting at first, but everyone is so welcoming. I have a family and the hours mean I can plan ahead. I’m doing the job I love.”

Previous open days held at the Metro Centre, Stadium of Light and in Hexham have resulted in 42 new drivers. Edwina and Ben will both be attending the upcoming event to meet anyone who wishes to speak to them directly.

For more information go to www.simplygo.com/employment